THE sunshine is playing its part and Killarney is rolling out the red carpet – as only Killarney can – to the thousands of visitors descending on the town for the eagerly awaited Kerry v Mayo Super 8’s clash this afternoon and the five-day festival of racing that will get underway on Monday.
Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry, said it is a wonderful mid-season boost for the town and businesses are expecting a bumper week with GAA supporters and punters set to avail of the top class hospitality for which the town is famous.
“It promises to be an exciting sporting week with a huge crowd expected at the recently upgraded Fitzgerald Stadium for what promises to be an epic encounter and the local businesses will contribute hugely to the special atmosphere in and around the town,” he said.
The July Festival of Racing in Killarney promises to be something very special this year with the legendary Frankie Dettori lined up to compete on Wednesday and he will be a huge attraction.
“The three race meetings, held every May, July and August, are a major boost to the town and I know that Gerard Coughlan and his team at the racecourse estimate that the three meetings are worth in excess of €8 million to the town every year,” said Paul.
“It will certainly be a bumper week ahead for Killarney. Football fans and racegoers can expect a hearty céad míle fáilte and, apart from a favourable result in Fitzgerald Stadium and a few winners at the races, all we can hope for now is that the weather will play its part and that everybody will have a fun-filled and enjoyable time,” said the chamber chief.
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